egg case
noun Date: 1847 a protective case enclosing eggs ; ootheca — called also egg capsule

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  • egg case — egg′ case n. ent ootheca • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • egg case — noun 1. a. or egg capsule : a protective case enclosing eggs (as of certain insects and mollusks) : ootheca see sea necklace b. or …   Useful english dictionary

  • egg-case — The case or covering of an egg or egg mass …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • egg case — the keratinous egg shell of Myxini, Elasmobranchii and Holocephali containing the developing embryo …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • egg-case — the keratinous egg shell of Myxini, Elasmobranchii and Holocephali containing the developing embryo …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • egg case — noun a) A protective capsule that contains the eggs of some insects and molluscs b) The leathery egg of certain marine animals such as sharks and skate …   Wiktionary

  • egg case — Entomol. ootheca. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • Egg case (Chondrichthyes) — Egg case of a skate. An egg case or egg capsule, colloquially known as a mermaid s purse or devil s purse, is a casing that surrounds the fertilized eggs of some sharks, skates, and chimaeras. They are among the common objects which are washed up …   Wikipedia

  • egg-capsule — egg case …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Egg — ([e^]g), n. [OE., fr. Icel. egg; akin to AS. [ae]g (whence OE. ey), Sw. [ a]gg, Dan. [ae]g, G. & D. ei, and prob. to OSlav. aje, jaje, L. ovum, Gr. w,o n, Ir. ugh, Gael. ubh, and perh. to L. avis bird. Cf. {Oval}.] 1. (Popularly) The oval or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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